My Five Favorite Winter-Wear Trends: One

With winter just around the corner, I thought I’d share my 5 favorite fashion trends for the season. So every day this week I’ll post a little piece with images of various outfits that I’ve worn incorporating at least one of my favorite winter items. (Side note: This week’s pictures were all shot in my backyard so let’s just pretend that you don’t see all the gardening tools and pots in the background!)

Layering has to be one of my favorite fall/winter trends. It’s when I can experiment with different colors, textures and fabrics without sweating or looking like a complete idiot, especially in Houston.

I’ve also gone ahead and taken images of each one of these pieces to show you how I layered everything together. For this outfit, I just took the various specks of color from the dress – mustard and black and layered two shirts on top of the dress in the same colors; still incorporating black – I put on some leggings and boots. The rich brown/caramel color of the jacket somehow allows it to go with anything and since it’s one of my go-to pieces – I threw it on with this outfit.

First Layer

Second Layer

Third Layer

Complete Outfit

At first, the red satchel might seem a bit out of place but because it’s a darker shade – I think it goes well with the rest of the outfit. Layering is fairly simple once you start getting the hang of it. With skirts or dresses, try and use colors that are found on the piece to layer items with. Then you can move on to different prints if you’d like – plaid and stripes, polka dots and stripes, stripes on stripes and of course, there is always color-blocking. This is your chance to get craaazy!

Dress – TJ Maxx, Black Tie Top – Old Navy, Mustard Sweater, Leggings, Jacket, Satchel – Target, Hat – F21

Check back tomorrow for my second winter-wear tip and don’t forget to “like” my Facebook page for notifications of new posts, especially since I’ll be posting every day this week!

A Navy and Black Night

I definitely used to be one of those people who believed wearing navy and black together was one of the biggest fashion faux pas anyone could commit. Something about pairing two dark colors that didn’t match seemed like a complete no-no.

As you can see, I’ve changed my mind. I love the idea of mixing these two colors together, I think it has to do with the fact that navy and black are such classic colors. They’ll never go out of style and will always be worn, so why not wear them together? The pairing of the two colors definitely gives off a pulled together, chic look – something I’ll be doing more often this coming season.

I’ve had this skirt in my closet for years now and it happens to be one of those pieces that I’ve never stored away. I kept it hanging in my closet season after season in hopes that something would inspire me to pull it out and actually wear it. Well, it seems that the time has finally come. Longer skirts are back on the fashion scene and the ways in which they are now styled definitely appeal to my taste. For this outfit, I just wanted to keep it simple, hence the black tank top and a statement necklace.

With longer skirts that go past your knees, try and wear high heels. This way the hem of the skirt is further from the ground and since heels help to elongate your legs, you don’t end up looking short or stumpy.

I haven’t worn this ensemble out just yet (as you can tell I took these pictures in my backyard) but I’m hoping to one night for dinner or drinks with friends. If it gets a little cooler I’ll just throw on a cropped black blazer.

By the way, I love this necklace – it jingles when I walk and reminds me of Christmas… my favorite time of year!

Top – Target, Skirt – Thrifted, Leopard Clutch – TJ Maxx, Necklace – F21, Shoes – Jessica Simpson (via Ross)